6 Officers Charged In The Death of Freddie Gray

Here is the press conference announcing probable cause for the arrest of all 6 officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray.

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Freddie Gray

Posted on 05/01/2015, in Cases, Cops Gone Wild and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 45 Comments.

  1. Incredibly good news. Of course the racist just say it had to be done to appease the masses.

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    • scrodriguez

      Mindyme you are correct that is exactly what they are saying while on the other hand at the same time they are also demanding a special prosecutor. I watched the Press conference with the Police Union rep Gene Ryan and their attorney claiming this was a rush to judgement.

      No its called Due process the prosecutor found probable cause and decided to move forward with charges thats standard procedure for anybody who is accused. there was no reason to arrest him at all which leads me to ask why arent their kidnapping charges here?

      I am surprised that we heard this announcement this morning but proud to see there are officials in America who are doing their job and serving equal justice.

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  2. When will they ever learn. ? It’s almost incomprehensible .

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  3. yahtzeebutterfly

    Wonderful news!

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  4. yahtzeebutterfly

    Before I get into my post here, I would like to have you look at this photo. I just realized that Freddie had been wearing a gray hoodie. You can see it falling away as they bring Freddie to his feet. This is important because when we look for Freddie in the street surveillance videos, we need to know that he was wearing this gray hoodie with his blue pants. Here is that photo—>

    freddie-gray-basini-polis-aracina-vurup-boynunu-kirmis,oDIDlp9sDE2N_4xvqM0A5A.jpg

    Okay, now on with my post:

    In his April 30, 2015 interview with Grant Stern, Kevin Moore who filmed Freddie’s Gray’s last moments, Kevin Moore said:

    “If they didn’t chop the video so much, you could see, you can actually see, man, where they had him folded. And, he was laying face down on the ground, and he was handcuffed, and his, the heels of his feet were almost to his back.

    “You know what I mean? And, the heavier, thicker officer had his knee crushed against his, the back of his neck. It was just terrible, man, how they had him.”

    I have been viewing the street surveillance tapes today:

    Just BEFORE Kevin Moore began videotaping, I have found that the two bike officers in yellow were standing above Freddie and each officer had a foot on him….one officer had his foot on his neck.

    Now I am going to post a Youtube video…but it is a playlist video (see its upper left corner.) You will have to go through the playlist and choose 14 of 16 with the number 2101 on it.

    To see this go to timestamp 11:38 of video 14/16) on this street surveillance video which was released by the Baltimore Police and published by them on April 24, 2015:

    When you go to timestamp 12:28 you can only see one officer in yellow there because they had dragged Freddie to the location where Kevin Moore started videotaping.

    Because I knew to look for Freddie running in a gray hoodie, I found him running with his hood up at timestamp 10:03. If you go back a second or less from timestamp 10:03 you can see that he is running by the distance he has covered in such a short time. (toward the viewer on the path/road on the right)

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Here is the photo that shows Freddie’s gray hoodie. Xena posted it on the page before this.

      https://blackbutterfly7.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/freddie-gray-baltimore-officers-named.jpg?w=300&h=169

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      • yahtzeebutterfly

        At timestamp 10:03 to 10:04 you can see a bike officer riding down N. Bruce toward Presbury.

        (Earlier I thought the image might be Freddie running, but when I looked at !0:04, I could make out the bike and the officer’s bike uniform.)

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        • yahtzeebutterfly

          At timestamp 10:21, you can see a bike officer (without bike) standing at the railing of the brick building. (Don’t know why he is standing there.)

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    • Two sides to a story

      I found it disturbing that the murder charges are against the driver – even if you’ve not seen the chopped up video – you can see when the cops walk him to the van that he’s dragging his feet and can’t get in. They lift him inside. He’s clearly hurt, not resisting.

      I’m happy for the charges, but because of this mistake – or intentional mistake – will the charges stick?

      Hopefully we’re turning the corner on the chapter of police brutality in American, but I won’t hold my breath quite yet.

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      • Two sides, I just watched MSNBC, and the question of whether a jury will convict came up. Maryland’s former Attorney General was interviewed, and stated that this case does not involve an officer shooting. In most cases against officers, they have a claim of self-defense which is absent here. Prosecutors won’t have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt whether the officers feared for their lives.

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        • Two sides to a story

          That’s definitely helpful. But isn’t there a problem in charging the van driver with murder when the injuries were probably sustained prior to Gray’s being in the van?

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          • Two sides, the evidence that the State’s Attorney bases her decision on, is that Freddie died in the van, and because of not being seat-belted in. Whatever happened to injure him before he was placed in the van, was exacerbated by the ride.

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            • Also they said the driver ignored pleas for medical help and failed to render aid.

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            • Towerflower, thanks for the info. The police encounter all types of people, including those who lie. Unfortunately, they profile all “suspects” as liars. Remember the man who was having a asthma attack and his girlfriend was taking him to the hospital and cop stopped them? While the man sat on the side of the road begging for help, the officer asked the girlfriend for her name, license, etc., before he called for medical help and the man died before they arrived.

              So yes, the driver of the van should be charged because clearly, there was profiling involved. Freddie was not lying about his pain and inability to breathe.

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  5. It’s almost sad that we’ve gotten to the part where someone at least being charged feels like a victory. It’s understandable after Eric Garner, Mike Brown and some others where we don’t even get that. But I can’t bring myself to celebrate just yet. Remember George Zimmerman was charged too. Get back to me when someone is actually convicted.

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    • Two sides to a story

      Amen. Let’s see if the prosecutor is as aggressive in court as she should be. All too often there’s a lukewarm case. In Orange County, Cali in 2013, the court couldn’t even enter the videotape of the killing of Kelly Thomas into evidence! How could a jury convict without it? Sly stuff.

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    • J.R., I hear you. In the midst of disappointment, we must still hold on to faith, hope, and love. Never give them up because we need the positive energy to continue advocating against injustices.

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  6. I know, J. R. LeMar – I want to feel absolutely thrilled that there are charges being brought – which I am, of course, – but the fact that this happened at all is despicable. However, I do think the charges will stick – oh God, please, please let them stick.

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  7. I am heading out to my friend’s house and in a couple of days, I’ll be in Italy for about a month. Then I’ll be heading out to Chicago. I was hoping that by the time I returned that something would have been done about the 6 police officers in this Freddie gray case. This is like a miracle and it happened right before I have to go. I have been glued to the TV.

    Now I am hoping that by the time I return, that SCOTUS will have ruled favorably on same sex marriages and Obama care.

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    • Gronda, here’s all best wishes that you have a safe and wonderful trip. I’ll miss you.

      About SCOTUS and same sex marriage, I think they will decide that it is a state issue. The states that have ruled against bans on same sex marriage have based their decision on the Loving case, which was decided by SCOTUS.

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  8. yahtzeebutterfly

    The second-degree "depraved-heart murder" against the van driver is perfectly named pic.twitter.com/BZSOkg5Lrn— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) May 1, 2015

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  9. yahtzeebutterfly

    Jon Passantino @passantino · 41m 41 minutes ago
    All six officers charged in Freddie Gray’s death are now out on bail, according to CNN

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  10. yahtzeebutterfly

    “A look at the six Baltimore police officers charged in the Freddie Gray case”

    http://www.pjstar.com/article/20150501/NEWS/150509884/1994/NEWS

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  11. sidewinder50

    And boo-hoo, there is a call for special prosecutor. Did Mike Brown get one?

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    • Sidewinder, they misconstrue the reason for a special prosecutor. A prosecutor is to prosecute. What they want is a special prosecutor that will not prosecute.

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

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      • yahtzeebutterfly

        According to the Baltimore Sun (Rentz article) Officers Nero and Miller “began to chase Freddie on their bikes and then apprehended Freddie along the 1700 block of Presbury St.” There they handcuffed him and “dragged him several feet away” to the location where the witness video tapes began.

        http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-riots/bs-md-officer-edward-nero-20150501-story.html

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        • yahtzeebutterfly

          To see Officer’s Nero and Miller standing each with one foot on Freddie who is face down on the sidewalk on Presbury St.:

          1. Click the word “Playlist” in the upper left corner.
          2. Then scroll down to the video labeled 2101 and click on that video.
          3. Start playing that video and skip to timestamp 11:38.

          4. It is at timestamp 11:38 that you will see where Nero and Miller FIRST apprehended Freddie. In the upper right hand corner of that image, you will see the two officers standing……one of them standing with his foot on the back of Freddie’s neck.

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  12. yahtzeebutterfly

    From Time Magazine…

    “Transcript of Marilyn J. Mosby’s Statement on Freddie Gray”:
    http://time.com/3843870/marilyn-mosby-transcript-freddie-gray/

    Good morning. First and foremost I need to publicly express my sympathies for the family and loved ones of Freddie Gray. I had the opportunity to meet with Mr Gray’s family to discuss some of the details of the case and the procedural steps going forward. I assured his family that no one is above the law and that I would pursue justice on their behalf.

    To the thousands of city residents, community organizers, faith leaders and political leaders that chose to march peacefully throughout Baltimore, I commend your courage to stand for justice. I also commend the brave men and women, both in uniform and out, who have stepped up Monday night to protect our communities from those who wish to destroy it.

    As the city’s Chief Deputy Prosecutor I’ve been sworn to uphold justice and to treat every individual within the jurisdiction of Baltimore city equally and fairly under the law. I take this oath seriously and I want the public to know that my administration is committed to creating a fair and equitable justice system for all. No matter what your occupation, your age, your race, your color or your creed. It is my job to examine and investigate the evidence of each case and apply those facts to the elements of a crime, in order to make a determination as to whether individuals should be prosecuted. This is a tremendous responsibility, but one that I saw and accepted when the citizens of Baltimore city elected me as the state’s attorney, and it is precisely what I did in the case of Freddie Gray.

    Once alerted about this incident on April 13, investigators from my police integrity unit were deployed to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr. Gray’s apprehension. Over the course of our independent investigation, in the untimely death of Mr. Gray, my team worked around the clock; 12 and 14 hour days to canvas and interview dozens of witnesses; view numerous hours of video footage; repeatedly reviewed and listened to hours of police video tape statements; surveyed the route, reviewed voluminous medical records; and we leveraged the information made available by the police department, the community and family of Mr. Gray.

    The findings of our comprehensive, thorough and independent investigation, coupled with the medical examiner’s determination that Mr. Gray’s death was a homicide that we received today, has led us to believe that we have probable cause to file criminal charges.
    The statement of probable cause is as follows:

    On April, 12 2015 between 8:45 and 9:15 a.m., near the corner of North Avenue and Mount Street. Lt. Rice of the Baltimore Police Department while on bike patrol with Officer Garrett Miller and Edward Nero made eye contact with Freddie Carlos Gray Jr.

    Having made eye contact with Mr. Gray, Mr. Gray subsequently ran from Lt. Rice. Lt. Rice then dispatched over departmental radio that he was involved in a foot pursuit at which time bike patrol officers and Nero began to pursue Mr. Gray. Having come in contact with pursuing officers, Mr. Gray surrendered to Officers Miller and Nero in the vicinity in the 1700 block of Presbury Street.

    Officer Miller and Nero then handcuffed Mr. Gray and moved him to a location a few feet away from his surrendering location Mr. Gray was then placed in a prone position with his arms handcuffed behind his back. It was at this time that Mr. Gray indicated he could not breath and requested an inhaler to no avail. Officer Miller and Nero then placed Mr. Gray in a seated position and substantially found a knife clipped to the inside of his pants pocket. The blade of the knife was folded into the handle. The knife was not a switchblade and is lawful under Maryland law. These officers then removed the knife and placed it on the sidewalk.

    Mr. Gray was then placed back down on his stomach at which time Mr. Gray began to flail his legs and scream as Officer Miller placed Mr. Gray in a restraining technique known as a leg lace. While Officer Nero physically held him down against him will while a BPD wagon arrived to transport Mr. Gray.

    Lt. Rice, Officer Miller and Officer Nero failed to establish probable cause for Mr. Gray’s arrest as no crime had been committed by Mr. Gray. Accordingly Lt. Rice Officer MIller and Office Nero illegally arrested Mr. Gray. Upon arrival of the transport wagon driven by Officer Caesar Goodson. Lt. Rice Officer Miller and Officer Nero loaded Mr. Gray into the wagon and at no point was he secured by a seatbelt while in the wagon contrary to a BPD general order. Lt. Rice then directed the BPD wagon to stop at Baker Street. At Baker Street, Lt. Rice, Officer Nero and Officer Miller removed Mr. Gray from the wagon, placed flexi-cuffs on his wrists, placed leg shackles on his ankles and completed required paperwork.

    Officer Miller, Officer Nero and Lt. Rice then loaded Mr. Gray back into the wagon, placing him on his stomach, head first onto the floor of the wagon. Once again Mr. Gray was not secured by a seatbelt in the wagon contrary to a BPD general order.

    Lt. Rice then directed Officer Goodson to transport Mr. Gray to the Central Booking & Intake Facility. Following transport from Baker Street, Mr. Gray suffered a severe and critical neck injury as a result of being handcuffed, shackled by his feet and unrestrained inside of the BPD wagon.

    From Baker Street, Officer Goodson proceeded to the vicinity of Mosher Street and Fremont Avenue where he subsequently parked the wagon and proceeded to the back of the wagon to observe Mr. Gray. Despite stopping for the purpose of checking on Mr. Gray’s condition, at no point did he seek nor did he render any medical assistance for Mr. Gray. Officer Goodson returned to his driver’s seat and proceed toward the Central Booking & Intake facility with Mr. Gray still unsecured by a seatbelt contrary to a BPD general order.

    Several blocks later, Officer Goodson called into dispatch that he needed to check on the status of his prisoner and requested additional units at Dolphin Street and Druid Hill Avenue. Officer William Porter arrived on the scene at Dolphin Street and Druid HIll Avenue. Both Officer Goodson and porter proceeded to the back of the wagon to check on the status of Mr. Gray’s condition. Mr. Gray at that time requested help and indicated that he could not breathe. Officer Porter asked Mr. Gray if he needed a medic at which time Mr. Gray indicated at least twice that he was in need of a medic. Officer Porter then physically assisted Mr. Gray from the floor of the van to the bench however despite Mr. Gray’s appeal for a medic, both officers assessed Mr. Gray’s condition and at no point did either of them restrain Mr. Gray per BPD general order nor did they render or request medical assistance.

    While discussing the transportation of Mr. Gray for medical attention, a request for additional units was made for an arrest at the 1600 West North Avenue. Officer Porter left the vicinity of Druid Hill Avenue to assist in the arrest of another prisoner at North Avenue. Despite Mr. Gray’s obvious and recognized need for medical assistance, Officer Goodson in a grossly negligent manner chose to respond to the 1600 block of West North Avenue with Mr. Gray still unsecured by a seatbelt in the wagon without rendering to or summoning medical assistance for Mr. Gray.

    Officer Goodson arrived at North Avenue to transport the individual arrested at the location of North Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue at which time he was again met by Officer Nero, Miller and Porter. Once the wagon arrived, Officer Goodson walked to the back of the wagon and again opened the doors to the wagon to make observations of Mr. Gray.

    Sgt. Alicia White, Officer Porter and Officer Goodson observed Mr. Gray unresponsive on the floor of the wagon. Sgt. White who is responsible for investigating two citizen complaints pertaining to Mr. Gray’s illegal arrest spoke to the back of Mr. Gray’s head. When he did not respond, she did nothing further despite the fact that she was advised that he needed a medic. She made no effort to look or assess or determine his condition.

    Despite Mr. Gray’s seriously deteriorating medical condition, no medical assistance was rendered or summoned for Mr. Gray at that time by any officer.

    After completing the North Avenue arrest and loading the additional prisoner into the opposite side of the wagon containing Mr. Gray, Officer Goodson then proceeded to the Western District Station where contrary to the BPD general order, he again failed to restrain Mr. Gray in the wagon for at least the fifth time.

    At the Western District Police Station the defendant arrested at North Avenue was unloaded, escorted and secured inside of the police station prior to attending to Mr. Gray.

    By the time Officer Zachary Novak and Sgt. White attempted to remove Mr. Gray from the wagon, Mr. Gray was no longer breathing at all. A medic was finally called to the scene where upon arrival, the medic determined Mr. Gray was now in cardiac arrest and was critically and severely injured.

    Mr. Gray was rushed to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma where he underwent surgery. On April 19, 2015, Mr. Gray succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The manner of death deemed homicide by the Maryland Medical Examiner is believed to be the result of a fatal injury that occurred while Mr. Gray was unrestrained by a seatbelt in the custody of the Baltimore Police Department wagon.

    All events occurred in Baltimore City State of Maryland. While each of these officers are presumed innocent until proven guilty, we have brought the following charges:

    Officer Caesar Goodson is being charged with second-degree depraved heart murder, involuntary manslaughter, second-degree negligent assault, manslaughter by vehicle by means of gross negligence, manslaughter by vehicle by means of criminal negligence, misconduct in office by failure to secure prisoner, failure to render aid.

    Officer William Porter is being charged with involuntary manslaughter, assault in the second degree, misconduct in office.

    Lt. Brian Rice is being charged with involuntary manslaughter, assault in the second degree, assault in the second degree, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.

    Officer Edward Nero is being charged with assault in the second degree intentional, assault in the second degree negligent, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.

    Officer Garrett Miller is being charged with intentional assault in the second-degree, assault in the second-degree negligent, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.

    Sgt. Alicia White is being charged with manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office.

    While I am committed to transparency, what I have revealed here today is now a matter of public record. However, the evidence we have collected and continue to collect cannot ethically be released to the public and I strongly condemn anyone in law enforcement with access to trial evidence who has leaked information prior resolution of this case. You are are only damaging our ability to conduct a fair and impartial process for all parties involved.

    I hope that as we move forward with this case everyone will respect due process and refrain from doing anything that would jeopardize our ability to seek justice.

    To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America: I heard your call for ‘No justice, no peace.’ Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man.

    To those that are angry, hurt or have their own experiences of injustice at the hands of police officers I urge you to channel that energy peacefully as we prosecute this case I have heard your calls for ‘No justice, no peace,’ however your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of Freddie Gray.

    To the rank and file officers of the Baltimore Police Department, please know that these accusations of these six officers are not an indictment on the entire force.

    I come from five generations of law enforcement. My father was an officer, my mother was an officer, several of my aunts and uncles, my recently departed and beloved grandfather was one of the founding members of the first black police organization in Massachusetts. I can tell you that the actions of these officers will not and should not, in any way, damage the important working relationships between police and prosecutors as we continue to fight together to reduce crime in Baltimore. Thank you for your courage, committee and sacrifice for the betterment of the community.

    Lastly, I’d like to thank my team for working around the clock since the day that we learned of this tragic incident. We have conducted a thorough and independent investigation of this case. This independent investigation was led by my deputy state attorneys, Janice Bledsoe and Michael Schatzow, my investigators Wayne Williams, Avon Mackle and the hardworking investigative team that were here and still are very much committed to pursuing justice.

    I’d also like the Baltimore City Police department particularly Major Branford of the homicide unit and Rodney Hill of the Internal Affairs Division for providing us with a hard copy of the investigative material yesterday, information we already had. And lastly. I’d like to thank Baltimore City Sheriff’s Department in assisting with us as an independent law enforcement agency with police powers.

    To the governor to this great state of Maryland, thank you for expediting the autopsy report which enabled us to do our job.

    Last but certainly not least, to the youth of the city. I will seek justice on your behalf. This is a moment. This is your moment. Let’s insure we have peaceful and productive rallies that will develop structural and systemic changes for generations to come. You’re at the forefront of this cause and as young people, our time is now.

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    • peni4yothot

      Hi Yahtzee, thanks for posting. I watched it repeatedly on YT. I caught several striking mentioning’s.

      “Once alerted about this incident on April 13, investigators from my police integrity unit were deployed to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr. Gray’s apprehension.”

      Yet her critics accuse her of rush to judgment, uh; Walter Scott shot/killed on a Saturday morning, right? Three days later, he was charged with 2nd degree murder. I didn’t hear the naysayers accusing city officials with rushing to judgment.

      She (Mosby) had been investigating from day one. 17-18 days and still ongoing investigation. It doesn’t take Einstein to figure out it was an illegal arrest, period.

      I can shoot my tv while watching CNN. Pfffffff……..

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      • peni4yothot

        Correction:

        Michael Slager: he was charged with 2nd degree murder.

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      • yahtzeebutterfly

        Hi Peni,

        Did you see this video of the mayor speaking later after the 6 officers were charged?

        (Extra note:
        Hopefully, the mayor will notice that the curfew is being enforced unequally.)

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        • great point i assure you there were white people out in their areas well after 10pm EVERY night of the curfew and not ONE of them was bothered and certainly not arrested.

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        • peni4yothot

          Hi Yahtzee, thanks for sharing. This is my first of seeing this video.

          “Hopefully, the mayor will notice that the curfew is being enforced unequally.)”

          Ha, I saw on twitter Saturday night; several allies (group) deliberately broke curfew. BPD treated that group with dignity/respect. “ok, 5 minutes to clear out” Pffffffff…………

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  13. It’s amazing how a cell phone camera has made a lot difference in the world. All of these recent incidences have been recorded, at least in part by a cell phone and without them, can you imagine the business as usual at the police department. As a matter of fact, years ago I was a cop and I saw some things that were not above board. There are too many bullies who hide behind badges with the “claim of protect and serve” when in essence they are doing quite the opposite. At any rate, I’m just glad that these things are coming to the light more and more.

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    • Roach59,
      Thanks for your comment. I was thinking about the benefit of “caught on camera.” It hasn’t served as a benefit in all cases; Rodney King, Kelly Thomas, Eric Garner. What it does do, is help citizens to know what is happening. The truth that we hear, and what see caught on camera, does not build trust in law enforcement because in general, their reports/stories do not line up with what is audio and video taped.

      America is becoming better informed. It reminds me of the verse in the Bible that all things done in the dark shall come to the light.

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  14. A little bit of good news in what has been a dark time. I allowed myself to feel a moment of excitement, but now the media hoopla around the court case will begin…!

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    • I know exactly how you feel. the stress of disappointment one after the other is bad for moral that’s for sure.

      speaking of moral, did you hear about the cop who called the radio whining about how heartbroken& devastated the poor cops are becuz they couldn’t ‘let loose on those little animals & thugs?’ cuz of what “SHE” the mayor of Baltimore “did to them” the moral of officers is so low, that he doesn’t even know if he’s going to his next shift…
      WAAAA WAAAAA WAAA they couldn’t beat & abuse as many ppl are they’re used to they’re prolly having withdraws!

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  15. Another incident, people said a man was shot–live stream http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/61897814?utm_campaign=JPER&utm_medium=FlashPlayer&utm_source=embed
    but the news is reporting from the police that no one was shot.
    Police are now mobilizing. Police are said that they approached the person on a handgun violation.
    FYI: MD has some tough handgun laws, license is required for purchase, it must be registered and concealed carry is very difficult to obtain (must show a purpose for one).

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